Character Comment – Therefore by their fruits you will know them, Part 3

Therefore by their fruits you will know them. – Part 3

Matthew 7:20

It is not our successes or failures that define who we are, but how we respond to them; that response reflects the kind of person we are, and are becoming.

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Have you noticed that with increasing frequency the rich and famous are failing the prosperity test? A noted entertainment insider was making the rounds on radio and TV talk shows to promote his recently published book about the rock stars and other celebrities that he has worked with over his long career. He is often asked in these interviews why so many apparently gifted individuals, these richly successful stars, end in utter tragedy? But he could provide no answer.

Others ask why so many celebrities are prone to voice their opinion about social issues, usually with very little moral or intellectual authority. To this, I did hear a thoughtful response: celebrities live a life of only fleeting fame, and they need to fill the voids with something tangible in their search for purpose and meaning. For example, several sports figures have started charitable foundations out of an apparent desire to make a difference, to build something beyond their careers. This brings to mind the book of Ecclesiastes, and Solomon’s exhaustive search for meaning and purpose.

Whenever I enjoy the artistic expressions of gifted individuals, two thoughts come to mind: 1) Since we are made in the image of God, our abilities often express that image beautifully and diversely. 2) As we use those abilities, we are to be fruitful and multiply in all things good (Gen. 1:26-28) as a blessing and enjoyment for others, before the face of our God, coram Deo.

When we think of those tragic lives lost after gaining immense renown, fame, and fortune, the tragedy was that for all their genius, they were not able rise above their own success. As Character Advocates, when we consider such things we have to wonder to ourselves who might have been there, or more to the point, who was NOT there to teach, encourage, advocate, and model/mentor their tender lives needing to be pointed to something greater than themselves. Thus, we are reminded again of our TEAM2work task and privilege in training hearts and teaching minds in all wisdom for life in Christ.

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd (Matt. 9:36).

…to be continued.

– Joe LoGiudice, Principal